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Get ready to roll back your clocks on Sunday

PINE BELT (WDAM) -

Get ready to fall back an hour this weekend as daylight saving time ends. 

But why do we change our timepieces?

Daylight saving time ends this weekend at 2 a.m. on Sunday Morning, so we will "fall back" one hour, meaning we will gain an extra hour of sleep.

While most people are excited for an extra hour of sleep, the whole idea of changing time is not a well-liked idea.
But Why do we do it? Well, you can all thank Benjamin Franklin for the idea; he first came up with the idea to reduce the cost of light.

He got the idea after noticing that people were burning candles at night, but sleeping past dawn. He thought that if we got up with the sun, we would save on candles. But he never saw his idea come to life. It wasn't until World War I that the U.S. first implemented daylight saving time with the Standard Time Act of 1918 as a way to conserve fuel.

Then in World War II, President Roosevelt implemented a year-round version of  daylight saving time. It became commonly known as "War Time."
It wasn't until the uniform time act of 1966, that a law was passed to make it official across the U.S. 

So why do we fall back to standard time in the  winter?
Well, look at it this way: most parts of the U.S. only get about 9 1/2 hours of daylight in winter-time.
If we didn't set our clocks back in the fall, sunrise wouldn't be until nearly 8:00 a.m. in the Pine Belt, and you''d be starting and ending your day in the dark.

Falling back to standard keeps the time of dawn a little closer to what we're used to and helps us start our day in the light.

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